A hugely talented ironwork specialist has called upon the services of a South West Galvanizers Ltd to help bring one of its distinctive sculptures to life at a major art show in Scotland.
JP Ironworks, which was set up by steel specialist James Portsmouth in 2013, has utilised the hot dip galvanizing service provided by Crediton-based South West Galvanizers to protect its recent sculpture depicting a horse head which was on popular display at the Edinburgh Art Fair.
James Portsmouth, of JP Ironworks, explained: “We’re thrilled with how the horse sculpture turned out and the effect the galvanizing element had – giving it an eye-catching silver appearance which contoured the piece and gave it undertones which no other form of finish would have been able to achieve.
“We chose to galvanize our individual pieces for a few reasons, the most important being that it provides durability and enables them to withstand all kinds of environments, preventing any possible corrosion or rust damage. We’re really pleased to have developed a great working relationship with the team at South West Galvanizers, who are always available to undertake the work – big or small.”
The horse head sculpture is almost life-sized, measuring 600mm long and 800mm high, and is made entirely from hundreds of hand-punched steel discs which were then individually hand-welded together for its form to take shape.
James added: “The main challenge for this piece was joining the steel discs together so that it retained its proper proportions, as they were incredibly fiddly and small to deal with. Overall, it took 120 hours to complete and is now mounted on a reclaimed oak plinth, which I’ll be taking with me to various shows and exhibitions across the country as a marketing tool. With the help provided by South West Galvanizers, I know that it will last a lifetime and is ready to be showcased in any environment, both indoors and outdoors.”
Tony Wonnacott, General Manager at South West Galvanizers, explained: “We’re delighted to have supported James and JP Ironworks on protecting the horse head sculpture. It’s a fantastic piece and quite rightly has attracted interest from the public at many local and national shows. We have more exciting projects scheduled for James, including large life-sized centre pieces for housing developers and corporate clients, and we’re hugely excited about working with him again.”
By Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd